3D technologies have come with a whole new realm of possibilities which we wouldn’t have imagined just a couple of decades ago. 3D modeling and design are being used in virtually every industry you can think of. Doctors have started printing 3D hearts using human tissues. There is a lot of potential with 3D printing of which some we are yet to discover.
The same can be said of 3D scanning especially when it comes to product design and development. Obtaining 3D scans in the past was a big challenge. The advent of technology has made things much easier and getting a reliable 3D scanning service is within everyone’s reach.
Engineers and product designers have realized the numerous benefits of using 3D scanning and there has been a demand for the service over the last couple of years. Here are some of the benefits a designer could get from 3D scanning.
It Allows for More Intricate Design And Patterns
It doesn’t matter if you’re working with wax or clay models, 3D modeling has made the transitioning of physical to digital objects much quicker and more accurate compared to the past. There are some big companies that are starting to use artificial intelligence in the rendering of objects which significantly reduces the errors. AI automates the scanning process which reduces the time needed for training which could lead to delays. This makes it possible to scan sophisticated objects which have intricate patterns with a high level of accuracy and consistency.
3D scanning has also allowed for better ergonomic designs. There are scanners that are able to capture the human anatomy with a high level of accuracy. Ergonomic design will also become important as wearable tech is playing a big role in our lives.
Allows Flexibility To Designs
A visual prototype of design may have been created but it doesn’t have the moving parts necessary for it to fully function. With the help of a 3D scanner, you’re able to capture the exact shape of the design in a digital format. The scan can be used in creating the proof-of-concept design which a replica of the product that is supposed to be mass produced.
It is important to have a 3D scan of the first step so that there is flexibility throughout the whole design phase of the prototype. An editing program and a 3D scan will ensure that the surfaces of the prototype are presented in high fidelity which allows for flexibility when it comes to scaling. Changes can be made to the inner parts of the design as it is developed. 3D scanning and modeling make it easy for prototypes to come to life quicker. 3D scanning also simplifies the trial and error testing. Product prototypes can be developed and then reverse engineered so as to improve accuracy.
Streamlining The Logistics
3D scanning is meant to minimize the trial and error which ultimately leads to a faster design process with a high level of accuracy. An example would be a custom furniture company. Instead of having to ship a piece of furniture, it can be 3D scanned and the files rendered to have a visual representation. 3D scanning only takes a couple of minutes and there is a high level of accuracy if it is done by the right professionals. There is the possibility of the object to be rendered in real time as it is being scanned if the right technology is used.
Designers Will Have A 3D File
For big companies, it is not unheard of for products to be shipped to the different parts of the world before mass production starts. This challenge can be addressed with 3D scanning. Instead of having to ship the physical product, designers can send 3D prototypes from the scan. The 3D files can be used as resources when applying for a patent. There is no need of going with the physical design everywhere where a demonstration is required.
As you can imagine, conveying your invention to someone who knows nothing about it will be difficult. Therefore, it is best if you are in direct contact with your patent attorney. You can meet in person and show the patent attorney any prototypes or drawings you may have to help illustrate your invention. As you can probably guess, the process will go more smoothly if you work with a patent attorney near you. Although it can be done, a long distance relationship will only strain the process.
Probably the best way to select a patent attorney in your city is through word of mouth. To help find referrals (and to associate with others who have interests similar to yours), you may want to join a local inventors club. You can also search through the USPTO’s list of registered online patent attorney or even just use their database to check your potential patent attorney’s credentials.
Retail websites have started incorporating 3D models so that the shoppers can view the product from every angle as they are not able to physically examine it. Such companies are also looking into ways of adding augmented reality so that the shoppers can have an immersive experience with the product without having to leave their homes.
Utilizing 3D scanning technologies ensures accuracy from the start of the project. This could speed up the time a product takes to hit the market. New technologies are being discovered every day which will only make 3D scanning better.